Thursday, October 31, 2013

Burlap Wine Bag

I jumped on the "I LOVE BURLAP" bandwagon a while ago, so when I ran across a blog tutorial on burlap wine bags, I could not resist making one!

I love how she added the corks to the tie, so I had to do that!! They add just that perfect little touch, don't you think? I used a red and white cording for my ties, but think I may use a pretty ribbon on the next one I make :)

If you would like to make one of these awesome bags, you can find the tutorial HERE. Or, I would be happy to make you one!! I will be selling these for $7.00 plus shipping.

Tomorrow I will share a new canvas piece that I've been working on and finally completed tonight :)
Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Merry Christmas Banner Swap

I joined a Merry Christmas Banner swap where we were assigned 2 letters each and had to make 7 banner pieces of each of our letters. I was assigned H and S. These were so much fun to make and I can't wait to see what everyone else created!! The base for all of my banner pieces are mat board and they are painted red. Here is my H....

I added Snow Texture to the edges of all of these banner pieces and the H was created in My Digital Studio. I cut out the decorative label shape and added two layers of UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel ) to make the piece sturdy. Behind the letter piece, there are silver snowflakes that I dabbed white paint onto to look like snow and cut them in half. I added a little chipboard candy cane and a snowflake to the H piece and for the final touch, I added a jingle bell to the tip of the banner base.

For the banner pieces with S, I added German Glitter Glass in bronze tone to the edges. I love German Glitter Glass!!!! It's so chunky and sparkly and pretty!!

I created the S in My Digital Studio and cut them using a large Spellbinders scallop die. The ruffle behind the S is a 2 inch wide wired gold glittered swirl patterned ribbon. I cut a piece of the ribbon about 30 inched in length, then cut it in half using pinking shears. I bent the wire on one end to lock it in place and on the other end, I started pulling the wire to create ruffles in the ribbon. I added the ruffled piece around the back side of the scalloped S piece with hot glue and then adhered it to the banner base. In the triangle tip of each banner piece I added a flat back bling piece. I added gold Stickles to the edges of the scallop S piece for a final touch.

On all the banner pieces I added a large red Stampin' Up eyelets to the upper corners so that all the banner pieces can be strung to hang. I really do love how they all turned out. I hope all the other ladies like them :)

That's all from me tonight. I'll be back later in the week to share some ongoing projects. Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Beachy Swap Card

I gave you a sneak peak of this card the other day when I shared the altered matchbox. Well, here is a close-up :)

The card base is a dark blue with layers of blue and brown designer papers. At the top of the brown paper, I tore it in the center and rolled it back to reveal the blue paper. There is a piece of cream tulle tied in a bow and a piece of lace. I also added a little cream flower and a silky blue flower and then I tucked a little bead spray and added a tag that I stamped "hello" onto.

I tried to mimic the look of the matchbox dresser and I think it looks pretty close :)

Let's take another look at the two together....

I finally finished the banner pieces that I was assigned in a swap. I am so happy that is done!! It's a little difficult to create a piece of a larger project not knowing how everyone else is going to decorate their part. I hope what I created doesn't clash with the others. I will share those once I edit the pictures. Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Altered Matchbox Swap

I joined a swap where we had to alter two large matchboxes in the style that our swap partner wanted. My partner wanted browns and blues and a beachy feel. Now, we were only supposed to alter two, but my partner sent a picture of one that she liked the colors of and it was three stacked on top of each other to make a little dresser. I loved it! and my matches came in a pack of three so why not, right?

I used a variety of designer papers and card stock. I tried to just cover the boxes with papers, but it made them too thick to fit into the covers, so I took one of the drawers apart and made a template. Then I made my own drawers with card stock.

The top and the bottom drawers are blue card stock and the center one is brown. I added a piece of decorative paper to the fronts of each drawer and also inside the bottoms of each. The drawer pulls are a large eyelet and then strung a pearl through each with ribbon and attached it on the inside of the drawers.

I decorated the top with lace, tulle ribbon tied in a bow around the box, little flowers, some pearls on a string spray, some little pearl stems and a sea shell. I wanted to give her the beachy colors and feel without it being cheesy. I think it turned out elegant!!

I added little wooden beads with a pearl to the bottom to create feet. I think this added so much character to it!

I added little goodies to each drawer like flat backs, lace, ribbon, a stamp, some bling and some charms. I hope she likes it all! We were also supposed to make a card for our partner, so I made mine to somewhat match the dresser.

I will share the details of the card tomorrow :)

I have been working on one other swap project and hope to share that soon, it's just not completed yet. I also have got to get started on Christmas presents and items to sell at a craft fair that I've signed up for. Can you believe Christmas is only 8 weeks away? My where has this year gone? I have so many ideas in mind for gifts this year. Will you be making most of your gifts? I love making and receiving handcrafted gifts!

Well, that's all from me tonight. Be back tomorrow!!
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Linking up at these awesome parties...

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Scrapbook Retreat Weekend

This past weekend I went on a scrapbook retreat and it was awesome!! My fantastically talented friend Kristie Taylor invited me to join her and I'm so glad I went. The retreat was at the HomePlace Bed & Breakfast located in Lancaster, South Carolina which is just a couple hours away from where I live :) The ladies that hosted the retreat are awesome!! We took a walk around the property and of course I took pictures!!

HomePlace Bed & Breakfast
Pond with ducks :)

Rusty barn :)

Shed full of chippy doors and windows!!!

Chippy door :)

Door to a shed full of awesome rusty and chippy stuff!!

Rusty doorknob, swoon!!!

I have no clue what this was used for but it was rusty
and chippy and I love it!!

Morning Glories growing wild

OMG, I just about squealed when I saw these :)

More Morning Glories

Cool picket fence shelves in the barn

Love this light fixture in the barn!! It is huge!!

Love this horse bell on the side of the barn

Another barn. Look at that barn star!!

Look at this view!! 
It was so peaceful here and can't wait to go back!! They are planning another weekend retreat for January :)

That's all from me tonight. I will share a project that I've been working on soon :)
Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Canvas of Me!

I started creating this canvas a couple of months ago and then put it aside to work on other things. When I was invited to a weekend scrapbooking retreat, I thought this would be a perfect project to finish. The picture is me as a baby. I was chunky wasn't I? yep, I was born with a double chin!! lol


The canvas base was painted pink and then I glued crumpled coffee filters all over it. I rubbed a Tim Holtz distress ink pad all over the canvas to make the wrinkles in the coffee filters pop. The picture was double mounted first on a pink designer paper then a dark brown. The roses were made using the same pink designer paper and a Spellbinders rose die cut. After the rose pieces were cut out, I inked the edges and sprayed them with water so that I could shape them. I really love how they all turned out :) The leaves are a green designer paper cut out with a Spellbinders die cut. After I glued the leaves and roses down, there was a gap, so to I filled in with some moss and other small little paper flowers. I wrote sweet on the tag and tied a piece of lace to the top and tucked it in behind the roses.

I really enjoyed my weekend retreat and I will be going back in January!! I will share pictures tomorrow of the awesome bed and breakfast we stayed at. It was really cool!
I told you the other day about my computer problems. I have had to start all over with my picture files and it really stinks! I will be using an online photo locker from now on!! Which ones do you like best? 

That's all from me tonight. Until next time...  
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Sorry I have been MIA for a while. I have been busy creating some cute stuff, took pictures, edited said pictures, but before I could do a blog post, my computer died!! Yep, wiped the hard drive, so ALL of my pictures and documents are GONE!!! So back to the drawing board :( I will get pics taken asap and get them posted soon :) I will be going to a scrapbook retreat this weekend and I'm sure I'll have lots of great things to share from that!! If you're still hanging in there and following me, I so appreciate it!!! I'll be back with a crafty post soon! I promise!!!
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

I fought the table and the table won....

well, for today it did. I told y'all about this awesome rustic table that I bought last week. Here it is before we got it home.

Yesterday I started cleaning it up and I bought the stuff I need to make my own chalk paint for the base :) We took the top boards off because we have to tighten up the base, it's a little wobbly. Today, I started sanding. And sanding. And sanding. Whew, a lot of sanding! Dan used the belt sander first because the boards have some deep worn ridges in them from being outside for who knows how long. Then I scrubbed the boards with a apple cider vinegar and water solution and let dry. Then sanded with a palm sander that my Mom gave me (thanks Mom!!). So like I said before, I sanded and sanded. And this is as good as it got...

Well, it's not too bad, but it can get better. I'm just worn out from sanding! I didn't realize what a work out you get from using the sander. The smallest board has an odd patina on part of the board, even after all the sanding. Not sure why, but after it dried from the cleaning, this is what it looks like. The board on the far left needs the most work as you can see below.

I still have a lot of work to do on this table, but it will all be worth it! I mentioned before that I bought what I need to make my own chalk paint and I'm so excited about this! And a little nervous. I'll let you know how it turns out :) I am only going to paint the base with the chalk paint. The top I want to keep natural, but not sure if I should do a light stain and then polyurethane or just polyurethane. Then I read somewhere that wax was a good alternative to polyurethane, but I'm not sure which to use. Do you have a preference? Maybe I can do a test on the bottom of a piece to see which one I like best. Then there is the question of using the same rusty nails to put the whole thing back together again. They are part of the reason I love this table, but some of them are so old and worn that they disintegrated when we took it apart. I think I will cross that bridge when I get to it, lol

That's all from me for now. I have to go get ready for the work week to start. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Candy Corn Banner

I know I have mentioned before that one of my most favorite blogs is Melissa Phillips' LilyBean Paperie. I love every single one of her projects and get so much inspiration from her :) So when I saw her candy corn banner, I wanted to try to make one of my own. She made hers out of paper, but I have been on a roll with sewing fabric projects, so that's what I chose to use.

The top yellow piece is from Stampin' Up!, the middle piece is a flowery orange that I have used in other projects and the white piece is from a bed skirt piece that I bought at a thrift store. I sewed the layers together in a long strip and then cut the triangles out. I also cut another piece of flower printed fabric for the back and a piece of white t-shirt type fabric for a batting between the front and back pieces.

I sewed all three pieces together and then, using my pinking shears, I trimmed around where I sewed. Then I sewed some lace between the white and orange portion and glued some orange pom-pom trim between the orange and yellow portion of each piece. For the hanger, I just sewed a strip of the same yellow fabric and sewed them to either end of the banner. I also added some buttons across the top. I made this banner to be two sided...

Cute, huh?

This side also has cute yellow and orange buttons added. Another look at the candy corn side, shall we?

I finished the lantern that I started altering last week. Wait until you see the transformation!! I will share that tomorrow :)

Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Linking up to these awesome parties!!